Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

 

Oak Hill Fire Academy Cadets, Class of 2011

US Fire Administration Releases 2012 Firefighter Fatality Statistics

EMMITSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced today a provisional total of 83 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2012, the same number of firefighter losses as in 2011.

The 83 fatalities were spread across 34 states. Pennsylvania and North Carolina experienced the highest number of fatalities with nine firefighter deaths each. New York had six firefighter deaths, including the most recent tragic shooting deaths of two firefighters in Webster. California and Texas, each with five firefighter deaths, were the only other states with five or more firefighter fatalities in 2012.

Heart attacks or stroke were responsible for the deaths of 41 firefighters (49%) in 2012. This single year total is a near average proportion of firefighter deaths from heart attack or stroke over recent years. This nature of fatal injury has remained relatively constant, while others, on average, have been reduced during the past decade.

Eleven on-duty firefighters died in association with wildland fires, the same as 2011 and 2010.

The single cause of injury seeing more than a four-fold increase in firefighter deaths during 2012 was vehicle collisions (including aircraft), with 18 deaths.

These 2012 firefighter fatality statistics are provisional and will likely change somewhat as the USFA contacts state fire marshals to verify the names of firefighters reported to have died on duty during 2012. The final number of firefighter fatalities will be reported in USFA's annual firefighter fatality report, expected to be available by July.

For additional information on firefighter fatalities, including the annual fatality reports from 1986 through 2011 and the Firefighter Fatality Retrospective Study 1990–2000, please visit the USFA website.

Thomasz Marian Kaczowka, 19 of Webster, New York 12-24-2012

Firefighter Chiapperini and Firefighter Kaczowka were shot and killed at the scene of a house fire that had been intentionally set in order to draw the firefighters into an ambush. Two other firefighters were also shot at the scene and are recovering in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Investigation into the incident continues by local, state, and federal authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kaczowka family.

Mike J. Chiapperini, 43 of Webster, New York 12-24-2012

Firefighter Chiapperini and Firefighter Kaczowka were shot and killed at the scene of a house fire that had been intentionally set in order to draw the firefighters into an ambush. Two other firefighters were also shot at the scene and are recovering in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Investigation into the incident continues by local, state, and federal authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chiapperini family. 

Philip A. Mortensen, 67 of Brooklyn, Wisconsin 12-22-2012

Shortly after returning to his auto shop from an emergency call, Fire Chief Mortensen fell ill and was discovered on the ground outside of the building. Brooklyn Fire and EMS crews responded and began CPR. Chief Mortensen was flown to the hospital due to poor road conditions but despite all efforts succumbed to what is thought to have been a cardiac related injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mortensen family.  

Jeffrey Hudson, 46 of St. Louis, Missouri 12-12-2012

In the morning and a short time after returning from an emergency call, Firefighter Hudson was found deceased in his bunk at the fire house. The cause of death is still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hudson family. 

Steven W. Fritz, 58 of Rothschild, Wisconsin 12-10-2012

Fire Chief Fritz fell ill while at his residence. Fire and EMS personnel responded to the call and transported Fritz to Saint Clare’s Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Chief Fritz had responded to the fire station for at least one emergency call earlier in day.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fritz family. 

Eddy Meador, 54 of Pattonsburg, Missouri 12-08-2012

Shortly after working several emergency incidents including a car fire followed by a hazmat call on a nearby Interstate Highway, Fire Chief Meador fell ill and passed away from a cause still to be determined.

Memorials may be made to Pattonsburg Fire & Rescue Protection District in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 152, Pattonsburg, MO 64670.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meador family. 

Jalen Smith, 20 of Tyler, Texas 12-03-2012

Enroute to the firehouse in response to a tractor accident in the area, Firefighter Smith was riding in a personally owned vehicle that according to preliminary reports was forced to take evasive action and crashed. Three members of Jackson Heights Fire Department were involved in the single vehicle rollover and all were taken to the hospital. Smith passed away from injuries sustained during the rollover; he was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle. The other two firefighters were treated and released the night of the accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family. 

Timothy P. Jansen, 45 of Bartelso, Illinois 12-02-2012

Firefighter Jansen was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene of a house fire. Jansen was on the first fire apparatus to arrive at scene and was standing outside the vehicle when he was hit. Firefighter Jansen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, where he passed away from his injuries. 

Memorials can be made for Firefighter Jansen’s children’s education fund and will be received at the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, or through the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jansen family. 

Michael Martin, 51 of Berwick, Pennsylvania 11-27-2012

Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family. 

David M. Mowbray, 52 of North Kingstown, Rhode Island 11-24-2012

Captain Mowbray passed away at home after being taken to the hospital and treated for a broken back injury suffered while he was at the scene of an emergency medical call earlier in the year.

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, contributions to the North Kingstown Fire Fighters Scholarship Fund (PO Box 844 North Kingstown, RI 02853) will be appreciated. Information and condolences, visit TheQuinnFuneralHome.com

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mowbray family. 

Chris Good, 36 of West Chester, Pennsylvania 11-22-2012

Captain Good died of possible cardiac arrest within 24 hours of working an active house fire in West Goshen Township.

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to the family can do so via the Chester County Hero Fund, C/O Chris Good, 820 Heatherstone Drive, Berwyn Pa 19312. Information for the fund can be found at http://www.chestercountyherofund.com

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Good family. 

John T. Sayles, 38 of Pentwater, Michigan 11-14-2012

Fire Captain Sayles responded with his fire department to a working residential structure fire. Fewer than twenty-four hours later, Sayles was at home when he experienced chest pain and difficulty breathing. Emergency assistance was summoned and he was transported to the hospital. After being evaluated and while being transported to a second hospital for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, it ruptured, resulting in Captain Sayles death.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sayles family. 

Walter Patmon Jr., 61 of Chicago, Illinois 11-11-2012

Upon returning to quarters after helping to put out a small kitchen fire in the South Side Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, Firefighter Patmon fell ill while cleaning equipment. Patmon was treated by fellow first responders and transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patmon family. 

John McClelland Hall, 48, of Elizabethtown, North Carolina 11-07-2012

Deputy Fire Marshal Hall responded to and actively participated in fighting a fire in the Carvers Creek Community. He was also the primary investigator of the fire. During the incident, Hall fell ill and was put on bed rest. Several days later, he was taken to the hospital where he passed away from a heart related cause.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hall family. 

Mark Haudenschild II, 26 of Fort Wayne, Indiana 11-11-2012

Firefighter Haudenschild died from injuries sustained when the fire apparatus he was operating crashed as he was responding to a reported grass fire. Haudenschild was reportedly not wearing seat restraints and passed away at the scene of blunt force trauma due to the motor vehicle crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haudenschild family. 

Walter M. Summerville III, 55 of Kernersville, North Carolina 11-07-2012

Fire Chief Summerville responded with his fire department to a triple shooting incident. Near the end of the incident, Summerville complained to fellow firefighters that he didn’t feel well and went to sit in one of the department vehicles while the incident finished up. The following day while at work, Chief Summerville complained again to coworkers that he still did not feel well and departed work early for home. A short time later, Summerville was discovered by a family member passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Memorial Fund Information - At the request of the family, any donations in honor of Fire Chief Walter M. Summerville III may be given to the Kernersville Firefighter Burned Children’s Fund.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Summerville family. 

David Mitchell Tatum, 55 of White Oak, North Carolina  11-05-2012

Lieutenant Tatum became sick at the scene of an emergency response but did not request treatment at that time. Later in the day, he began having trouble breathing and became unconscious. Tatum was treated and transported to Bladen County Hospital and then transferred to Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville where he passed away from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tatum family. 

Herbert T. Johnson, 54 of Chicago, Illinois 11-02-2012

Captain Johnson died from inhalation injuries sustained while operating at a structure fire. Media reports said that "Johnson died after saving several families--including many with small children--from a burning South Side home." Investigation of the fatal fire incident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family. 

Russell Neary, 55 of Easton, Connecticut 10-29-2012

Lieutenant Neary responded with his fire company to a structure fire alarm. While returning to the station, firefighters were removing part of a tree blown into the roadway by Hurricane Sandy when several other trees suddenly fell striking and killing Neary.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Neary family. 

Rob Van Wormer, 47 of Morgan Hill, California 10-27-2012

Chief Van Wormer passed away from a cause still to be determined while on a work assignment in a neighboring jurisdiction.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Van Wormer family. 

Don Felton, 71 of Guffey, Colorado 10-27-2012

Fire Chief Felton died of an apparent heart attack while at work in his fire department office. 

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers or gifts the family has requested donations to the Southern Park County Fire Protection District in his name.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Felton family. 

Larry D. Nielsen, 60 of Gilmore City, Iowa 10-09-2012

Fire Chief Nielsen was responding to a barn fire riding in fire department apparatus when he fell ill. The vehicle operator immediately pulled over to the side of the road and called for help. Chief Neilsen was treated at the scene by EMS responders and transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nielsen family. 

John Grabowski, 49 of Riverview, Michigan 10-01-2012

On Sunday, September 30, during his shift, Lieutenant John Grabowski participated in fire department training. His shift ended that day at 1800hrs. The following morning, Lieutenant Grabowski traveled to his second job. At approximately 0803hrs, Lieutenant Grabowski was found collapsed in the parking lot of his second employer. The second employer’s emergency response team tended to Lieutenant Grabowski and performed CPR. Advanced life support also responded to the scene where they treated Lieutenant Grabowski and transported him to Henry Ford Wyandotte Michigan hospital. Efforts to revive Lieutenant Grabowski at the hospital were not successful and he passed away within approximately one hour of being found in his employer’s parking lot. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Grabowski family.

Justin Townsend, 17 of Dagsboro, Delaware 09-27-2012

Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for an outside fire in a wooded area on East Clogg Drive just outside town limits. While en route to Station 73 in a personal vehicle, Junior Firefighter Justin Townsend was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash on Pepper Road, in the area of Jay Patch Road. No details of the accident are available at this time. The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently conducting an investigation into the fatal incident. 

Memorial Fund Information - Pending. Updates will be posted at http://www.dagsborovfd.com.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Townsend family. 

Neal W. Smith, 46 of Atascocita, Texas 09-17-2012

On Saturday, September 15, during a smoke diver class designed to train firefighters advanced survival skills in full gear, Captain Neal Smith passed out from a heat-related illness. He was transported to a hospital during which CPR was administered. Captain Smith remained in critical condition until Monday, September 17, when he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6:30 p.m. Doctors reportedly determined that Captain Smith's body temperature was more than 106 degrees. 

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family. 

Chris Seelye, of Wenatchee, Washington 09-17-2012

Firefighter Chris Seelye, under contract with the USDA Forest Service, suffered a medical emergency while battling the Wenatchee Complex Fire. Firefighter Seelye was treated by incident medical personnel and rushed to a nearby hospital, where he passed away later that evening.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Seelye family.

Steven Henry Jr., 52 of Columbia, Pennsylvania 09-07-2012

Fire Police Captain Henry responded to a fire call during which he became ill, reporting to his family doctor the next morning. Captain Henry passed away from a cardiac arrest suffered at his home later that day. 

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry family. 

Richard Schaefer, 52 of Contoocook, New Hampshire  09-02-2012

Fire Chief Schaefer died from an apparent heart attack while working a shift during the Hopkinton State Fair. The Hopkinton ambulance squad transported Schaefer to Concord Hospital but all attempts to revive the Chief were unsuccessful.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schaefer family.  

Timothy J. Lamere, 47 of Constable, New York 08-21-2012

Assistant Chief Lamere collapsed at home following department training. Firefighters from Constable Fire Department and EMTs from Northern Ambulance transported Assistant Chief Lamere to Alice Hyde Medical Center where he later died.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lamere family.

Roulos Davis, 49 of Chattanooga, Tennessee 08-20-2012

Captain Davis fell ill shortly after reporting to work at Station 14 in St. Elmo. Despite efforts by his fellow firefighters to revive him with CPR, Captain Davis died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The nature and cause of the fatal illness has yet to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family. 

Jimmy Randolph, 44 of South Sacramento, California 08-19-2012

Inmate Firefighter Randolph passed away at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, California from a cause still to be determined. Within 24 hours prior to becoming ill, Randolph had been assigned to the Buck Fire in Hemet, California.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Randolph family. 

Anne Veseth, 20 of Grangeville, Idaho 08-12-2012

Firefighter Veseth was struck by a tree while working fire operations on the Steep Corner Fire above Orofino, Idaho. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Veseth family.  

Mike Burgin, 46 of Sugarcreek, Ohio 08-10-2012

Captain Burgin died during an advanced diving instruction class at White Star Quarry. Burgin was into his second dive of the day when he surfaced from about 40 feet of water and indicated he was having some distress. He then lost consciousness and went under water. The diving instructor recovered him from a depth of approximately 60 feet. Captain Burgin was pronounced dead at the scene by a Life Flight medical provider and was transported to the Lucas County coroner's office for an autopsy. 

In honor of Captain Mike Burgin, c/o Sugarcreek Fire Department, 410 S Broadway, Sugarcreek, OH 44681.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burgin family.

Jim Reardon, 51 of Mandan, North Dakota 08-04-2012

While participating in an exploratory dive in preparation for an upcoming North Dakota Fire Academy SCUBA exercise, Firefighter Reardon passed away from a cause still to be determined. 

Jim Reardon Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, P.O.Box 5502, Bismarck, ND 58506-5502

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reardon family.

Antonio Rodriques, 49 of Yonkers, New York 07-31-2012

Firefighter Rodriques passed away from complications related to a hemorrhagic stroke he suffered during fire department training.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rodriques family.

Jon Tibbetts, 59 of Bernalillo, New Mexico 07-23-2012

Fire Chief Tibbetts was enroute to administer a physical abilities test to a newly hired county employee at a location other than his normal duty station. While traveling on Interstate 25, Tibbetts was struck by another driver causing the fire department vehicle he was operating to roll twice, cross over a retaining wall, and come to a final resting position on the vehicle's roof. Chief Tibbets died at the scene of the crash from the injuries he sustained.

Jon Tibbetts Memorial Golf Tournament Fund at Wells Fargo Bank (proceeds to benefit the fight against firefighter cancers).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tibbetts family.

David R. Chew Jr., 30 of Bloxom, Virginia 07-16-2012

While responding to a motor vehicle accident, Lieutenant Chew was riding in a fire engine that ran off the road while negotiating a curve, striking several trees, and overturning. Lieutenant Chew died from injuries sustained when he was ejected from the fire engine.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chew family.

John L. Echternach, Jr. 54 of Boones Mill, Virginia 07-02-2012

Lieutenant Echternach was en route to the fire station in response to an outbreak of severe weather in the area when he stopped to help another driver whose car, according to media reports, was hit by a tree. While assisting, Echternach was struck by another tree and severely injured. Firefighter Echternach succumbed to his injuries several days later while being treated in the hospital.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Echternach family. 

Robert S. Cannon, 50 of Charlotte, North Carolina 07-01-2012

Four members of the North Carolina Air National Guard, members of 145th Airlift Wing, were killed and two seriously injured while working a fire attack mission in South Dakota on the White Draw fire near Edgemont. The firefighting crew of the Air Force C-130H3, carrying a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), had been battling wildfires in the days leading up to the crash, including those around Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon family.   

Paul K. Mikeal, 42 of Charlotte, North Carolina 07-01-2012

Four members of the North Carolina Air National Guard, members of 145th Airlift Wing, were killed and two seriously injured while working a fire attack mission in South Dakota on the White Draw fire near Edgemont. The firefighting crew of the Air Force C-130H3, carrying a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), had been battling wildfires in the days leading up to the crash, including those around Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mikeal family.  

Ryan S. David, 35 of Charlotte, North Carolina 07-01-2012

Four members of the North Carolina Air National Guard, members of 145th Airlift Wing, were killed and two seriously injured while working a fire attack mission in South Dakota on the White Draw fire near Edgemont. The firefighting crew of the Air Force C-130H3, carrying a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), had been battling wildfires in the days leading up to the crash, including those around Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the David family.

Joseph M. McCormick, 36 of Charlotte, North Carolina 07-01-2012

Four members of the North Carolina Air National Guard, members of 145th Airlift Wing, were killed and two seriously injured while working a fire attack mission in South Dakota on the White Draw fire near Edgemont. The firefighting crew of the Air Force C-130H3, carrying a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), had been battling wildfires in the days leading up to the crash, including those around Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCormick family.

Rocky E. Dunkin, 24 of Friendship, Ohio 07-01-2012

Firefighter Dunkin was found unconscious at the scene of a motor vehicle accident where he had been assisting medical personnel with crash victims. Dunkin was transported to South Ohio Medical Center but passed away from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dunkin family. 

Ronald Keddie, 64 of Sheridan, New York 06-27-2012

While preparing to respond to a motor vehicle accident, Firefighter Keddie was found unresponsive in the firehouse. A cause of death is still pending further investigation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Keddie family. 

George Davis, 62 of Hollis, Maine 06-23-2012

Shortly after he returned from a fire call, family members found Fire Chief Davis deceased from an apparent heart attack outside of his home.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family.

Donald L. Suggs, 55 of Lillington, North Carolina 06-11-2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012, at approximately 1100hrs, Assistant Chief Suggs had responded to an emergency call. After returning home, he collapsed at about 2100hrs that evening. He was taken to the hospital where he passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012, at approximately 0100hrs from an apparent heart attack. An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death. 

 Memorial Fund information is pending.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Suggs family. 

Anthony Polk, 31 of Yuma, Arizona 06-08-2012

Firefighter Polk died as a result of a single fire apparatus accident that occurred while he and two other firefighters were responding to the scene of the Montezuma Fire south of Tucson, AZ.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Polk family. 

Todd Tompkins, 48 of Missoula, Montana 06-03-2012

Captain Todd Tompkins and First Officer Ronnie Chambless passed away while fighting the 5,000 acre White Rock Fire which was sparked by lightning in eastern Nevada. On the second run of the day in their model P2V Lockheed Martin aircraft, Captain Tompkins and First Officer Chambless were nearing the wildfire when they crashed in the Hamlin Valley area of Iron County, Utah, near the Utah-Nevada border. It was estimated that the aircraft held approximately 1,600 gallons of fuel and 2,000 gallons of fire retardant. It was reported that the NTSB, FAA, and U.S. Forest Service officials are responding to the crash for investigation.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tompkins family. 

Ronnie Chambless, 40 of Missoula, Montana 06-03-2012

Captain Todd Tompkins and First Officer Ronnie Chambless passed away while fighting the 5,000 acre White Rock Fire which was sparked by lightning in eastern Nevada. On the second run of the day in their model P2V Lockheed Martin aircraft, Captain Tompkins and First Officer Chambless were nearing the wildfire when they crashed in the Hamlin Valley area of Iron County, Utah, near the Utah-Nevada border. It was estimated that the aircraft held approximately 1,600 gallons of fuel and 2,000 gallons of fire retardant. It was reported that the NTSB, FAA, and U.S. Forest Service officials are responding to the crash for investigation.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chambless family. 

William Richard Danes, 69 of Bryan, Texas 05-17-2012

Firefighter Danes passed away from an apparent heart attack while participating in training at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Danes family. 

David Wintz, 65 of Bristol, Pennsylvania 05-16-2012

Fire Police Captain Wintz responded to a chemical plant fire in Bucks County, Pa, which was started by a lightning strike. While directing traffic at the scene, Wintz started to feel ill and was taken home. Wintz went into cardiac arrest at home and was then taken to Aria Health's Torresdale Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wintz family.

Adam Longo, 31 of Casper, Wyoming 04-18-2012

Firefighter Longo was driving a squad truck to the fire station to pick up a brush truck in response to a grass fire when he suffered a stroke. Other firefighters in the vehicle were able to get control of the truck and bring it to a safe stop. Longo was treated and transported to the hospital but passed away from his injury several days later. 

If you would like to send donations to Firefighter Longo's family, you can send them to: PO box 911, Casper, WY 82602

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Longo family. 

Richard A. Nappi, 47 of Brooklyn, New York 04-16-2012
Lieutenant Nappi suffered an apparent heart attack while battling a three-alarm fire in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to FDNY, Lt. Nappi led a team of firefighters who stretched and operated a hoseline in a mezzanine area of the first floor. While battling the fire, Lt. Nappi became overheated and collapsed. Firefighters from Ladder 112 removed him on a stretcher to the street where he initially was conscious and alert. He was placed in an ambulance and EMS personnel began to treat him when he suddenly became unconscious and suffered cardiac arrest. While paramedics and EMTs continued to work on him, he was rushed by ambulance to Woodhull Hospital where he later died. Though the cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities, media reports say that a large pile of cardboard boxes reportedly caught fire on the second floor of the two-story warehouse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nappi family.   
George Marshall Sanford, 67 of Redding, Connecticut 04-15-2012

First Lieutenant Sanford succumbed to unknown medical causes in the driver's seat of the fire company ambulance just as he was about to leave the station in response to a fire call.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sanford family.

John Earl Wilkinson Jr., 44 of Louisville, Kentucky 04-13-2012

Fire Chief Wilkinson responded to and worked an outdoor fire call. After returning home and in the early morning hours, Wilkinson experienced a medical emergency initially reported to have been a heart attack. Emergency responders were summoned to the residence but despite all efforts, Chief Wilkinson succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilkinson family.

John C. Winkelman, 54 of Huntley, Illinois 04-12-2012

While on assignment as the District's Communications Officer, Captain Winkelman attended an off-shift meeting at the dispatch center. Upon his return home from the meeting, Captain Winkelman was killed in a motor vehicle accident. 

Memorials may be made to the family to establish a memorial at a late time. Memorial can be sent c/o Huntley Fire Protection District, 11808 Coral St., PO Box 517, Huntley, IL 60142

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Winkelman family. 

Daniel Sweeney, 25 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 04-09-2012

Firefighter Sweeney and Lieutenant Neary, both from Ladder 10, were battling a multi-alarm fire with exposures. While operating inside of one of the exposure structures, a wall collapsed, killing both of them and injuring several other firefighters. Investigation into the incident continues by local and state authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sweeney family.   

Robert Neary, 60 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 04-09-2012

Lieutenant Neary and Firefighter Sweeney, both from Ladder 10, were battling a multi-alarm fire with exposures. While operating inside of one of the exposure structures, a wall collapsed, killing both of them and injuring several other firefighters. Investigation into the incident continues by local and state authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Neary family. 

Kenny Fox, 39 of Decaturville, Tennessee 04-07-2012

Fire Chief Fox died from injuries sustained when the roof of a burning bar and grill collapsed on him. Two other firefighters on the interior attack team were injured but according to reports were pushed outside of the structure by Chief Fox just before the collapse. They were both transported to the hospital and treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Investigation into the cause of the fire and fatality continues by local and state authorities. 

Donations in honor of Fire Chief Fox may be sent to the Kenny Fox Memorial Fund, Decatur County Bank, P.O. Box 429, Decaturville, TN 38329.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fox family. 

David Bailey, 50 of Los Angeles, California 04/03/2012

Captain Bailey suffered a fatal medical emergency while engaged in physical fitness activities at Los Angeles County Fire Department Camp 14 in Santa Clarita.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bailey family.   

Edward Richard Bernosky, 79 of Adena, Ohio 03-20-2012

Firefighter Bernosky suffered a medical emergency while working a fire department water detail. Medics and firefighters rendered aid but Bernosky passed away from a cause still to be reported.  

Donations in honor of Firefighter and former Fire Chief Edward Richard Bernosky may be made to the Adena Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 656, Adena, OH 43901-0656.

Our thoughts and prayers are with  the Bernosky family. 

 

Jonathan D. Myers, 54 of Norfolk, Virginia 03-19-2012

Firefighter Myers was found unconscious on the floor of his fire station's bunk room. Fellow firefighters immediately started CPR. Myers was then transported to DePaul Medical Center where he passed away from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Myers family. 

Donald L. Jones, 56 of Jacksonville, Arkansas 03-19-2012

Captain Jones responded with fire and police to a single-vehicle accident that involved a damaged gas main. While working to clear the scene of the accident, a second motor vehicle reportedly accelerated and veered off of the road striking two firefighters and a police officer. Captain Jones was killed upon impact. The police officer and second firefighter were both transported by air to the hospital and are reported to be in critical but stable condition. The driver of the second vehicle has been charged with 2nd degree murder and two counts of criminal intent to commit 2nd degree murder given that, according to witnesses, this person allegedly did not try to stop.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones Family.  We pray for the speedy recovery of the police officer and second firefighter.   

Thomas "Bill" Dillion, 49 of Houston, Texas 03-14-2012

Senior Captain Dillion arrived with other firefighters at the scene of a residential cooking fire. As he approached the entrance to the apartment building he experienced a medical emergency and collapsed. Dillion was treated immediately and transported to the West Houston Medical Center Hospital where he passed away from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dillion family.   

Jamison Kampmeyer, 34 of Colby, Wisconsin 03-04-2012

During interior fire operations at a movie theatre and right after crews were called to exit the structure, the roof of the building several firefighters and sending them to St. Joseph's Hospital in MarDuring intericollapsed trapping or fire operations shfield. One firefighter, Lieutenant Jamison Kampmeyer, was reported to have passed away from injuries sustained. The other firefighters injured were treated and released from the hospital on Sunday. The incident and cause of the fire remains under investigation by local and state authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kampmeyer family.

Nolan Ervin "Goat" Pittman, 46 of Centreville, Mississippi 03-04-2012

Chief Pittman and another firefighter fell ill while at the scene of a residential structure fire. Pittman went to the hospital and was ambulatory as he walked into the emergency room, but his condition worsened and he passed away a short time later from a cause still to be determined. 

Memorials in honor of Fire Chief Nolan "Goat" Pittman may be made to the Melisa "Missy" Pittman Memorial Fund, United Mississippi Bank, 494 Highway 24 E, Centreville, MS 39631 (www.unitedmsbk.com ).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pittman family. 

Mark W. Morrison, 53 of Port Saint Lucie, Florida 03-04-2012

Lieutenant Morrison passed away while in quarters from a cause still to be determined. During his shift, Morrison had responded to several emergency response calls. He was discovered unconscious in the firehouse by fellow firefighters and immediately rendered aid then transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morrison family.   

Mark G. Ratledge, 35 of Cottonwood, California 02-29-2012

Fire Captain Ratledge was struck and killed by a vehicle while working at the scene of a traffic collision on Interstate 5. 

Memorials may be made in honor of Captain Ratledge to the Mark Ratledge Memorial Fund, North Valley Bank, 20635 Gas Point RD, Cottonwood, CA 96022 (http://novb.com/).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ratledge family. 

Gerald "Jerry" R. Wetherell, 74 of Prudenville, Michigan 02-28-2012

Firefighter/EMT Wetherell and another firefighter were responding, towing the fire department's snowmobile, to a motor vehicle accident in which the operator of a snowmobile had hit a tree. While responding, Firefighter/EMT Wetherell became unresponsive. He was transported, via ambulance, to the hospital in West Branch, Michigan, where he succumbed to his injury. The nature of this injury is yet to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wetherell family. 

Matt Waller, 47 of Memphis, Texas 02-25-2012

Firefighter/Fire Marshal Waller passed away from a stroke he suffered while on-duty at the fire station. 

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church Youth, Mission Trip Fund, P.O. Box 726, Memphis, TX 79245; or Memphis Fire Department, 721 W. Robertson St., Memphis, TX 79245.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Waller family. 

Jeremy Tighe, 18 of Evansville, Indiana 02-22-2012
Firefighter Tighe passed away from injuries sustained when the apparatus he was riding in was involved in a single motor vehicle accident. According to initial reports, the apparatus left the roadway onto the shoulder and tipped on its' side, striking a power utility pole causing extensive damage to the crew compartment, before coming to a final resting position in a drainage ditch. Firefighter Tighe was reported to have been wearing seat restraints. The driver of the apparatus, Lieutenant Brandon Cason, was taken to the hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The engine had cleared the scene of a residential carbon monoxide check, stopped for fuel, and was returning to the station when the incident occurred.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tighe family.
Zachary Whitacre, 21 of Gore, Virginia 02-13-2012

Firefighter Whitacre passed away from injuries sustained when the apparatus he was riding in crashed. Freezing temperatures and hazardous road conditions caused by fire tanker operations were possible contributing factors to the accident. Investigation into the incident by local and state authorities continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whitacre family. 

David M. Flint, 49 of Edinboro, Pennsylvania 02-02-2012

While returning to the fire department, Fire Chief Flint passed away from injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle crash when another vehicle coming from the opposite direction crossed over the center line. Assistant Fire Chief Sharon Petri, a passenger who was riding with Flint at the time of the accident, was injured and remains hospitalized. Investigation into the incident continues by local and state authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flint family. 

Doug Haase Sr., 60 of  St. Charles, Missouri 02-01-2012

Firefighter/Engineer/Paramedic Doug Haase, Sr., passed away while on a cause still to be reported. duty from

Family requests in lieu of flowers please donate to The BackStoppers, P.O. Box 66927, St. Louis, MO 63166. Funeral details can be found @ http://www.mofirefuneral.org/

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haase family. 

Walter C. Sumner, 49 of Cranesville, Pennsylvania 01-24-2012

Within 24 hours of responding to an incident on 01/21/2012, Captain Sumner suffered a heart attack. Sumner passed away on 01/24/2012, from complications related to that heart attack. 

Memorials in honor of Captain Walter C. Sumner may be made to the family in care of the funeral home, or to the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 302, 9920 N Meadville ST, Cranesville, PA 16410-0302.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sumner family.  

Bruce Turcotte, 58 of Hopelawn, New Jersey 01-19-2012

Firefighter Turcotte responded to a residential structure fire with his fire company. Shortly after working to reestablish the water supply to firefighters inside of the burning structure, he returned to his rescue truck and fell ill where he was discovered a short time later by other firefighters. Firefighter Turcotte was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital but passed away due to a reported cardiac arrest.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Turcotte family. 

Brandon Little, 19 of New Oxford, Pennsylvania 01-18-2012
While responding to a structure fire call, Firefighter Little passed away from injuries he sustained when his privately owned vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree. Initial reports indicate that Little was ejected from his car and that speed may have been a factor in the accident. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local and state authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Little family.   
David Crenshaw, 63 of Anderson, South Carolina 01-09-2012

Firefighter Crenshaw collapsed from a cause still to be determined while working at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Porter Road and Highway 88. Crenshaw was treated at the scene and transported to AnMed Health Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crenshaw family.

 

Samuel Butler, 52 of Maxton, North Carolina 01-08-2012

While responding to a motor vehicle accident in his privately owned vehicle, Fire Chief Butler was struck and killed by a semi-trailer truck as he attempted a U-turn at the end of the eastbound I-74 onramp at Cabinet Shop Road.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butler family.   

 

William "Jumbo" Elliott, 49 of Pompano Beach, Florida 01-06-2012

While conducting aerial ladder training at the rear of his fire station, Firefighter Elliott passed away from injuries sustained after falling from near the top of the extended ladder. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local authorities. Incident Location: Fire Station 61, 2121 NW Third Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. 

In lieu of flowers, Bill's family is requesting donations be made to: Greater Broward Firefighter Charities C/o Firefighters Local #1549, P.O. Box 2263, Pompano Beach, FL, 33061  

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Elliott family. 

Crisanto Leo Lionell, 54 of South Sacramento, California 01-04-2012
 Inmate Firefighter Lionell was participating in a training exercise at Camp San Luis when he lost consciousness from a cause still to be determined. Emergency crews treated and then The inmate apparently became unconscious during the training practice.  Emergency crews treated and then transported Lionell to a local hospital where he passed away. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will review the incident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lionell family.